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Chivhu Pupils Fight Over ‘VeMasvingo’ Jibe

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CHIVHU - Two Vees College students fought on schools closing day after one of them had mocked the other using one of the numerous 'Masvingo jokes' currently doing the rounds on social media.

The students (names withheld) had to be restrained by passers-by and other students with the offending student sustaining some injuries.

At the centre of the brawl was a meme showing a dishevelled and shirtless man sitting on the floor, his head buried in a bucket from where he is drinking something while his right hand is holding a large lump of sadza.

Beside the plate of sadza is another enamel plate with vegetables, while a large tin of salt is sitting close by.

"Aswera achitaura zvisina basa achingonditi ndiri wekuMasvingo, ndiri wekuMasvingo achiratidza vanhu picture remunhu arikudya mazisadza achinwa mvura bucket apa achizviti hapana zvandomuita (he kept ridiculing me and showing me an image of a man drinking water from a bucket while eating a plateful of sadza. He was further boasting I could do nothing about it," fumed the students.

Some people who witnessed the scuffle condemned the jokes as out of taste and capable of fomenting trouble.

"If we leave these things happening, next time people may kill each other. The promotion of negative stereotypes bordering on tribal hate speech should be condemned. Combine these things with the political dynamics in the country and you may have a perfect recipe for trouble," said one passer-by.

The offensive social media jokes have sought to ridicule people from Masvingo as dull and primeval.

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